Seven Johor Baru teenage cyclists detained

Traffic policemen removing the bicycles at Dataran Bandaraya in Johor Baru

Traffic policemen removing the bicycles at Dataran Bandaraya in Johor Baru

JOHOR BARU: Seven teenagers were detained near Dataran Bandaraya on Saturday where a protest was to be held against a car driver involved in an accident which killed eight teenage cyclists on Feb 18.

The protest, to urge the police to take action against the woman driver, however, did not materialise.

The seven boys were earlier seen riding their bicycles near Dataran Bandaraya.  There were no other cyclists there.

They were arrested by traffic police near a fast food restaurant in Jalan Kolam Ayer at about 10am.

Police also seized seven bicycles which have been modified.

Johor Baru South OCPD Asst Comm Sulaiman Salleh said the boys were brought in for questioning.

He said more details would be given out later. It is learnt that the boys' parents would be called in to talk to the police.

On Feb 22, police detained an 18-year-old boy, who was believed to have issued an invitation to others to gather at Dataran Bandaraya at 8am to protest against the driver.

Eight teenagers were killed after a car crashed into a group of teenage cyclists near an exit of a bypass along Jalan Lingkaran Dalam at about 3.30am on Feb 18.

Police have released the driver.

Earlier, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said that there has been no indication that the driver was speeding, drunk or was using her mobile phone during the Saturday 3.30am incident.

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